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As the process of damage assessments begin after Hurricane Florence, New Hanover County Schools will remain closed for all students and the majority of staff for the week of September 17-21, 2018. Only staff specifically contacted by their supervisors to come in should report if and when it is safe to do so.

The superintendent and senior leaders will decide later this week about when the schools can safely reopen for staff and students. Many employees and their families are still evacuated and have been unable to return to their homes at this time.

School districts and other organizations from across the country have generously offered to assist by donating items that our students will need. Coordination of these donations will be conducted through our Central Office via Chief Communications Officer Valita Quattlebaum once we determine the systemís needs. Please contact Mrs. Quattlebaum at for more information beginning next week.

So far, preliminary damage assessments have been made at about 60% of the schools, while some schools are currently inaccessible due to damaged roads and fallen trees. Assessments will be ongoing throughout today and tomorrow as roadways are cleared. Here is some preliminary information:
  • Several schools experienced major flooding and other issues which are currently being assessed.
  • There are access issues with numerous schools due to minor flooding and debris.

  • Murrayville Elementary Held a Welcome Back Party
    Rolling Out the Red Carpet - Staff at Murrayville Elementary organized an enthusiastic welcome with members of the community for students on the first day back to school.
  • Bradley Creek Staff
    Home of the Dolphins - The staff at Bradley Creek Elementary offer a warm welcome to their Dolphin families.
  • Rep Ted Davis with Williams Staff
    Improving our Schools - Rep. Ted Davis visited Principal Amy Oots at Williams Elementary to donate school supplies for students and staff and discussed how he can help support the schoolís mission.
  • College Park Students and Buster Bus
    Busing to College Park - Buster Bus visited students at College Park Elementaryís Open House to talk with students about bus safety, courtesy of the Transportation Division.
  • Hoggard PTSO provide breakfast for staff
    Hoggard PTSO Shows Support - Hoggardís PTSO provided breakfast for Viking staff on their first day back. The PTSO helped fund over $5,000 in teacher grants and provide scholarships for students through fundraising, membership dues, and the sale of Hoggard merchandise.
  • IKA donates supplies to Carolina Beach
    Thank You Community Partner - IKA, a German-based processing equipment and technology company, brought 17 boxes of school supplies worth $1,200 to Carolina Beach Elementary.
  • Anderson Kindergarten students tour school
    Learning the Ropes - Kindergarten classes at Anderson Elementary are learning the ropes during a school tour on their first day of school.
  • Rachel Freeman School of Engineering students use renovated STEM lab
    Dressed to Impress - Rachel Freeman School of Engineering has a newly-renovated STEM lab, including new lab coats for these young scientists.
  • Members of the Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
    Community Welcome - Members of the Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. came to Williston Middle School to welcome students back and offer their encouragement for the school year.
  • Parent Volunteers and Holly Tree Principal Holliday
    More Coffee Please - Parent volunteers at Holly Tree Elementary provided a coffee cart to the staff for a successful first week of school.
  • Pine Valley Specials Teachers
    Photo Shop - Specials teachers at Pine Valley Elementary had a little fun as they prepared for the return of students.
  • CRA Meet and Greet
    People Skills - The Career Readiness Academy kicked off itís orientation with a meet and greet, demonstrating the power of a strong handshake, communication, and getting connected.
  • Ashley Students
    In a Fog - Students at Ashley High School were happy to greet one another on a foggy first day back to school.
Hurricane Florence Donations
Calendar of Events
Sept 17 - 21
NHCS closed for students.

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District News (More Stories)
09/18/18 New Hanover County Schools Announces Cancellations of Upcoming Meetings and Activities
09/10/18 New Hanover County Schools to Close September 11th - September 14th Due to Hurricane Florence
09/05/18 NHCS Announces 2017-2018 Testing Results
08/23/18 NHC Board of Education Announces Upcoming Meetings
08/23/18 North Carolina Teacher of the Year Coming to NHCS
08/16/18 NHC Board of Education Chairman to Represent NHCS at upcoming NCSBA Session
08/08/18 NHCS Selected for National Literacy Improvement Initiative TrueSchool Innovation Fellowship
Items of Interest
Talking to Students about Disasters
NHCS Safety Summit Information and Update
Middle School & High School Redistricting
2018 - 2019 Curriculum Course Guide
Community Partnerships - Mentor, Volunteer, Partner, Donate!
2017-2018 Community Partnership Annual Report
(Accessible Document)
2017 - 2018 Read to Achieve Annual Data Report 3rd Grade
2017 - 2018 Read to Achieve Annual Data Report 1st-2nd Grades
Employment Opportunities
Bond Project Updates
Talking to Students about Disasters CLASS Project: Connecting Libraries and Schools for Success Community Partnerships Bring Your Own Device
In compliance with Federal law, including Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the provisions of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, New Hanover County Schools administers all state-operated educational programs, employment activities, and admissions without discrimination because of disability, race, religion, national, or ethnic origin, color, age, military service, or gender except where exemption is appropriate and allowed by law.

To file a complaint of discrimination, contact: Dr. Rick Holliday, Deputy Superintendent, Student Support and Federal Programs, 6410 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington, NC 28412, Telephone (910) 254-4206; Fax (910) 254-4226.

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